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DS Smith joins forces with Transporeon and Sixfold to strengthen its supply chain operations using advanced real-time visibility

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DS Smith joins forces with Transporeon and Sixfold to strengthen its supply chain operations using advanced real-time visibility

October 08, 2020 - 05:28
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LONDON, Oct. 1, 2020 (Press Release) -DS Smith, the FTSE 100 leading provider of sustainable packaging, has joined forces with Transporeon, a transport management platform and Sixfold, a real-time visibility platform, to implement the next generation of supply chain technology.

The partnership will bring real-time visibility to DS Smith’s supply chain logistics network, providing information relating to vehicle positioning, while also enabling identification of delay risk, waiting time management and improvements. The integrated system provides clear metrics to the business for performance analysis.

The partnership benefits were on clear display during the initial phase of the Covid-19 pandemic, when countries across Europe designated the paper and packaging industry vital to the delivery of essential food and pharmaceutical goods. DS Smith took immediate measures to safeguard the flow of vital deliveries allowing the supply chain to continue to operate efficiently. These measures included providing daily updates and advice on border delays, with information provided directly to customers in collaboration with both Sixfold and Transporeon.

Commenting on the partnership Petra Lippertova, Head of Operations, Group Logistics at DS Smith said: “As part of our programme to deliver integrated logistics across our offering we partnered with Sixfold to increase our data efficiencies. The ability to integrate information from a wide range of transport suppliers using various tracking systems has been critical and means we can now provide reliable information to our customers. During the pilot, the solution delivered significant benefits and efficiencies.”

The dynamic partnership, using the most advanced real-time visibility technology, will allow DS Smith to continue to drive performance, data analysis, improved customer support and tackle the challenge of empty mileage in vehicle movements. Following on from the initial trials, the company is rolling out the technology across Europe followed by a trial in its North American operations.

About DS Smith:

DS Smith is a leading provider of corrugated packaging, supported by recycling and papermaking operations. Headquartered in London and a member of the FTSE 100, DS Smith focuses on creating innovative sustainable packaging solutions in 34 countries employing around 30,000 people. Using the combined expertise of its divisions – Packaging, Recycling and Paper – DS Smith works with customers to deliver solutions that reduce complexity and deliver results throughout the supply chain. Its history can be traced back to the box-making businesses started in the 1940s by the Smith family.

About Transporeon

Transporeon boosts logistics performance and profitability with every freight load. Founded in Germany in 2000, Transporeon connects a worldwide network of more than 1,200 industrial shippers and retailers with over 100,000 logistics service providers in 100+ countries in real time. Its security-certified platforms offer digital solutions for freight benchmarking and sourcing, freight assignment and shipment execution, time slot management, shipment tracking, and end-to-end supply chain visibility. By leveraging the latest capabilities, including artificial intelligence and predictive analytics, Transporeon solutions cut CO2 emissions, empty runs and truck waiting times while digitizing manual processes. Transporeon is located across Europe, Russia, Asia and the US.

About Sixfold

Sixfold is Europe’s leading real-time transportation visibility platform, solving supply chain visibility challenges for the world's biggest companies, shippers and carriers. Our mission is to provide transparency into areas of the b2b supply chain previously unseen and untracked, enabling businesses to cut costs and make more informed decisions. Sixfold's platform, powered by AI, integrates with transport management systems, truck telematics and mapping data to proactively predict transportation delays, drive sustainability and deliver valuable business intelligence.